Burnley school to offer Latin and astronomy classes to get pupils to top universities (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Burnley school to offer Latin and astronomy classes to get pupils to top universities
AN EAST Lancashire school has become one of the first in the region to introduce classes including astronomy and Latin in a bid to get pupils to the top universities.
Bright students at Blessed Trinity College in Burnley are being offered fast track classes to prepare them for institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge.
The special scheme, known as the Express Set will be aimed at high achievers at the Roman Catholic school.
Pupils who make the grade who will receive extra lessons from September.
Headteacher at the Ormerod Road school, Richard Varey, said the aim was to send their brightest pupils to the top universities in the United Kingdom.
He said: “There are some very bright pupils at Blessed Trinity and we want them to achieve their dreams.
“By setting up the Express Set we can increase their curriculum so they can study extra subjects like astronomy, Latin and go on trips to see Shakespeare plays.
“We want them to aspire to universities like Oxford and Cambridge.
“We have high quality teachers here who want the students to expand their minds while also giving them life experiences.”
A total of 32 GCSE students will take part in the sessions from September. The school has recently come out of Special Measures, and Mr Varey said he firmly believed the school was on the road to becoming ‘good’ and ultimately ‘outstanding’.
Mr Varey said management at the school from September would focus on creating more academic rigour and challenging teaching methods.
Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle welcomed the scheme, saying it would help East Lancashire create its own wide-ranging talented workforce.
He said: “We need young people becoming apprentices, taking training and crafts, but we also need young people to become doctors, scientists and moving into academia.
“This is excellent and very advanced thinking from the college.
“I fully support it.”
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